43 Killed In Delhi Factory Fire, Owner Arrested
As many as 43 people died after a fire broke out in a factory in Anaj Mandi at Rani Jhansi Road on Sunday morning, police said.
Around 62 people were taken out from the building that caught fire in the wee hours on Sunday of which 43 have been declared dead.
Delhi Police arrested the owner of the building and his manager in which the fire broke out. “Rehan and his manager Furkan have been arrested. The police are also interrogating brothers of Rehan — Shan and Imran. We are also looking for those who were running the factory. We are investigating the matter. From the information we have, more or less there is no possibility of more bodies being recovered,” DCP, North, Monika Bhardwaj told reporters.
According to police, there was some part of the building, which Rehan had not given on rent.
A case has been registered under Section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code against building owner Rehan, who had absconded after the fire broke out.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal expressed grief over the death of 43 people, who lost their lives in a major fire that broke out in Anaj Mandi at Rani Jhansi Road.
Taking to Twitter, Kejriwal called the incident “a very very tragic news” and said that firemen were doing their best.”V v tragic news. Rescue operations going on. Firemen doing their best. Injured are being taken to hospitals,” he tweeted.Around 15 people were initially rushed to the hospital after a fire broke out at a factory in Anaj Mandi.
Soon after receiving the report, 15 fire tenders were rushed to the spot to douse the fire and to carry out rescue operations. Given the intensity of the fire, 10-12 more fire tenders had to be sent at the spot.
Speaking to media, Deputy Fire Chief Officer Sunil Choudhary said: “A fire broke out in a 600 sq feet plot. It was very dark inside. It is a factory where school bags, bottles and other materials were kept.”
“We have so far sent 15 people to the LNJP hospital for medical aid. While some of them were injured, others had fainted. The owner said that around 20-25 labourers were sleeping inside when the incident happened,” he had added.
The officer further said the fire was of “medium category” and had been completely doused.
Kishore Kumar, Medical Superintendent of Lok Nayak Hospital, had told ANI: “We got 14 casualties, of which 10 were brought dead. The causalities have been brought from basti area near filmistan. Our team of doctors is attending to those who are alive.”
Mohammad Asim, a local said, “The flat was given on rent. It was a short circuit. Fire brigade team and police teams did a great job.”
The fire has been completely doused and rescue operations are currently underway.